In England Now; Vagrom Essays. Dealing with the Fields and Woods and Waters, and the Free Peoples Thereof

In England Now; Vagrom Essays. Dealing with the Fields and Woods and Waters, and the Free Peoples Thereof

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...to be an effigy of Robin of Redesdale. Two more interesting monuments there are--a fifteenth century recumbent figure of a priest, and, near the chancel steps, a knight in Elizabethan armour and ruff, both in stone. Priest and insurgent and loyal soldier all probably belong to the same family--that of the Hildyards. West of the churchyard, and separated from it only by the moat, is the site of their old home, a square of perhaps a hundred yards each way, covered now only with sere brown reeds that whistle in the wind. A little over three centuries ago the then chief of the house carried his only son and heir--a bright, young, fair-haired lad--dripping and mud-stained from this very moat, and laid him dead at his gentle mother's feet. And Winestead Place was home no longer to the stricken parents; so they pulled the old house down and built them another about a mile to the north. To-day even that has disappeared; a Georgian abortion covers the site, and a quaint Tudor dove-house, red brick, with terraced gables, is all that remains of what was once a stately mansion. This Elizabethan knight, with firm jaw and broad, high brow, to-day lies serene and calm, with his feet towards the altar steps where probably in life he often knelt. " The knights are dust, their good swords are rust, Their souls are with the saints, we trust." The little Tudor chapel in the south aisle of the church was built by the same family. Quaintly incongrous in its Renaissance carvings with the older Gothic work, it is not unbeautiful, nor displeasing, but rather adds to the picturesqueness of the whole. The earlier members of the family are buried within, but the later--fallen on evil days--without the church. The sward over their graves is spangled with rosettes of daisy...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667586X
  • 9781236675866